Thank you Mood!

After furiously researching how to take my sister to the Fashion District in New York City as a Christmas present I abandoned it due to price issues. Taking public transportation in would be excessively pricey and neither one of us would want to drive in and handle the hassle.

I decided that bringing my sister to Mood would have to be replaced with an on-line order of one of the new Thank You Mood t-shirts and a tote bag as shown on Project Runway.

You see, I love Project Runway – Tim, Heidi, Nina and Michael are a delight – but my sister LOVES Project Runway.

Obsessively.

But not in a sick, stalker way. She’s just a big fan and even has the series on DVD!

My sister was poking around on-line (having no idea I was looking to get us to the Fashion District too) and found a local group that runs a yearly bus tour to NYC’s Fashion District including fabrics stores and local eateries.

How amazingly awesome is that??!!! They haven’t announced the actual date of the trip but we will join the group now so we can get into the swing of things.

First thing tomorrow morning I will be mailing off our registrations to The Rhode Island Sewing Network. The next meeting in November 1st.

If we actually make it on the bus trip I have asked my sister to promise she won’t attack Tim Gunn if she sees him in person.

I don’t think I’ll be able to scrape together bail money right after the holiday season.

Finally.

It’s 2am and I have finally laid down in bed. Damn step throat absolutely interfered with my plans for this week. I am finally packed for my stitching retreat (details to come!) But my house looks like it was struck by a terrible wind storm! 😀

Hope my cat doesn’t get into too much mischief while I’m gone. I also hope my Dad forgives my disheveled living room when he pops in to feed the cat!

I did manage to make myself a Q-Snap cover with the new birdie fabric I picked up last week from Joann’s. Picture below!

When I cleaned out my stitchy stash box my cat “jumped” right in to help! Ha ha ha (I’m tired so this amused me!)

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Blog barf

This is going to be such a scattered list of random asides there was really no other title for it!

I hate weeknight West Coast swings for my East Coast hockey team. I can never stay awake for them and feel personally responsible when their play sucks since I was not there to cheer them on.

I am so excited to give my oldest niece her birthday present tomorrow. I’ve had it picked out for so long and am busting at the seams to see her with it. I also can’t believe that tomorrow she is 22 years old and a most beautiful woman. 

Snow is beautiful when I don’t have to drive in it with reckless drivers.

I cannot believe how thrilling the two Hockey East college games were. I had given my dad tickets to see Providence, Harvard, Boston College and Boston University. The compete levels of this guys were phenomenal and much better than what I have been seeing at the AHL level lately.

It is seriously making me rethink the season ticket package I have for the Providence Bruins!

February has even more packed into it than January! Not sure how that is even possible!

The Rhode Island Stitchers have a meetup on the 5th. Yay! I really hope some of the nice people that have stopped by the past couple of events come back!

The Stitcher’s Hideaway Alumni Retreat is at the end of the month. I have been saving my pennies so I can go stash shopping in my slippers!

In between is the Red Wings game in Boston. Seats are fantastic (thanks Dad) one section over from center, within 10 rows of ice level and in the Bruins defensive zone (our favorite zone to sit in).

This game brings me one team closer to my goal of seeing all Original Six teams play. NY Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens have already been seen and the Toronto Maple Leafs are slotted for the end of March!

In other happy news I have booked a room for the Spring Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH and booked my company’s condo for a Stitch N’ Bitch weekend!

New stash came in the mail today! What a pick me up that was! I bought a pattern to make for a family member, some linen, the GAST hand dyeds for Blue Ribbon Designs Afraid of the Dark sampler AND I couldn’t resist LHN Needlework Guild and the Crescent Colors to go with it!

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Stash Dash

I picked up Circle of Friends by Mirabilia when it was first released but I truly hated the suggested fabric for it. The brown tone was much too dark for my tastes.

The design is quite large (146w x 238h) and the piece of fabric needed would be expensive due to the size of the stitching and the space required for framing.

I had a rather large piece of 28ct Lugana that was given to me. The color was a peachy yellow pinky color. I know it was a Silkweaver fabric so it was probably Sparkling Sundown Reflections. It was a pretty fabric and my floss toss looked nice on the fabric so I decided to go for it.

What a mistake!

The goddess on the far left matches the fabric too closely. There is no definition between the fabric and the flesh tone. All in all, the color was too light for the project. There was no “pop” of the colors.  I guess those design artists really do know what they are doing. 🙂

I put the project aside for a few months. I had NO desire to work on it. The joy of seeing each stitch come to life on the fabric was ruined. The fabric made the design look cheap – 1980’s chic pastels. I knew I could not continue the project on that fabric BUT I still did not like the artist’s original fabric!!

Picky, aren’t I?

I decided I had only one option. I had to go to my favorite cross stitch shop ABC Stitch Therapy in New Hampshire. I made a weekend of it since I had use of my company’s condo in the White Mountains. During that first weekend in May I was blessed with lovely weather for my three hour drive. There was no traffic and no problems. It was a true treat!!

Once I got to the shop I went straight to the fabric executing floss tosses on various fabrics. After a half dozen options I settled on a length of 28ct Lugana dyed by Silkweaver called Ametrine.

I felt the goddesses would look divine on this! It has a rich brown and gold overall tone (so hard to tell on a digital photo) with purples and blues. Gorgeous! And it really does look like an actually piece of ametrine!

Happy with my new piece of fabric I had to resign myself to the fact that I would have to redo all the stitches I had previously done. It was worth it! What was the point in finishing a piece I could no longer stand. Putting the stitches in the new fabric felt wonderful! I have done a little more work on this since the photo but I have put aside my stitching until I finished my home decor revamp!

The colors really do pop on the fabric and there are some wonderful bursts of blue and purple that will be viewable when framed.

I am happy I made the decision to start over. I figured since I was already at the stitchy shop and had used a tank of gas to get there I should really shop around. I really had to twist my own arm to browse the store!

I just had to pick up Something Wicked by La D Da to whip up for this Halloween.

I also decided I had waited long enough to buy Holly from the Pixie Couture Collection by Nora Corbett. I already had the perfect creamy Belfast opalescent linen but I made sure to pick up the beads and Kreniks there too.

This little Lizzie Kate sweetie was sentimental enough to get me to spend $6 for such a tiny pattern. I grabbed the DMC for this one too since I knew I didn’t have those color in my bobbin boxes.

Another piece of hand dyed fabric from New Zealand made my stash dash complete and I can’t wait to do another one someday soon!!!